Browse IGPA Reports by Issue Date

  • Reif, Julian (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    This report estimates the revenue and distributional effects of increasing the state’s cigarette excise tax by $0.50 per pack from $1.98 to $2.48. After taking into account the behavioral responses of smokers, Reif estimates ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    Despite enormous recent challenges, Illinois’ economy remains relatively healthy compared to other states. Median family income in Illinois has remained above the national average since at least 1984. After a relatively ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Karney, Daniel (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    According to the dictum “tax waste, not work," Illinois could avoid some increase to the personal income tax on productive labor efforts by instead taxing pollution emissions that contribute to climate change. This short ...

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  • Merriman, David F. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    Business taxes are often a point of debate in discussions about raising state revenue. Economists have not come to a consensus on an ideal business tax strategy. Illinois uses the business tax similarly to most other states. ...

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  • Fullerton, Don (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    Fixing the Illinois state budget requires more than simply balancing revenue and expenditures. Government budgeting also requires establishing the right mix of public goods and services in a way that is fair and efficient ...

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  • Mooney, Christopher Z. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    As the introductory reports in the IGPA Budget Policy Toolbox demonstrate, projected state spending in Illinois outpaces projected revenue for the next several years, with the gap increasing over time. IGPA’s Fiscal Futures ...

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  • Powers, Elizabeth T. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-18)
    The Health and Social Service area of the state of Illinois’ budget has comprised roughly 40 percent of state expenditures in recent years. When leaders decide to cut the state budget, this area is inevitably on the chopping ...

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  • Merriman, David F.; Dye, Richard; Hudspeth, Nancy (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-20)
    Are we looking at a crisis or a chronic condition? Illinois’ fiscal situation has been precarious for at least a decade – and much longer if pension liabilities are considered. From FY 2003 to 2008, which were good years ...

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  • Kaestner, Robert; Lo Sasso, Anthony T.; Calhoun, Elizabeth (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-20)
    In 2014, Illinois will continue to implement federal health care reform at the state level. Medicaid expansion, the state health insurance exchange, the individual mandate, and the build out of managed care are among the ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; WOE, HILLARY L., GARCIA, KARINA (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-20)
    Guarding all infants in sleep 2.20.2014 Rachel A. Gordon, Hillary L. Rowe, and Karina Garcia The loss of a baby is an extremely traumatic event and has enduring effects that ripple out from parents ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Karney, Daniel (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-20)
    Illinois is faced with seemingly insurmountable fiscal problems. Public pensions are still not out of the woods. Bills aren’t getting paid on time. The state’s credit rating is in the dungeon. Ideas for curing the state’s ...

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  • Lo Sasso, Anthony T. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-02-25)
    On March 19, 2013, IGPA teamed with the Illinois Service Federal Savings and Loan Association and the Coalition of African-American Leaders to host a conference about the effects of the foreclosure crisis on Cook County ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; Krysan, Maria; Colaner, Anna C.; Lambouths, III, Danny (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-03-18)
    This Preschool Policy Forum documents the many funding sources for Chicago area childcare centers and preschools as well as the frequency and impact of funding disruptions between 2011 and 2012. The study surveyed 229 ...

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  • Gaines, Brian J. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-03-25)
    What are the political prospects of various plans to boost revenue or reduce spending? One way to answer is via opinion polls. Few say they support broad tax increases or spending cuts on education or Medicaid. Targeted ...

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  • Mooney, Christopher Z. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-04-14)
    Interest politics, as opposed to party politics, make fixing Illinois’ budget problems very complex and difficult. All people and businesses have multiple and overlapping interests in what the state does. Thinking about ...

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  • Fullerton, Don (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-04-14)
    This paper explains the benefit of taking a holistic approach to evaluating fiscal reforms. Different state taxes can interact in complicated ways, making the pros and cons of altering any one of them difficult to evaluate ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Karney, Daniel H. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2014-11-17)
    The 2014 mid-term election that put Republicans in control of Congress reduced any chance of federal legislative action to limit greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide from electric power plants. However, the executive ...

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  • GORDON, RACHEL A.; Rowe, Hillary L. (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2015-01-14)
    On May 20 in Washington DC, IGPA will host a brainstorming meeting regarding unanswered questions in the prevention of infant mortality, particularly risks related to adult-infant bed sharing. Building on the 2013 Family ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Reif, Julian; Nafari, Kaveh (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2015-03-23)
    The current fiscal crisis in Illinois affects all parts of the state’s budget. Infrastructure is no exception. For many years Illinois has spent more on highways than it has collected in highway-related revenue. One solution ...

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  • Fullerton, Don; Reif, Julian; Baylis, Kathy; Konar, Megan; Deryugina, Tatyana (Institute of Government & Public Affairs, 2015-05-15)
    Illinois needs to prepare now for the coming changes associated with climate change, according to IGPA's Climate Change Policy Initiative. A new report, "Preparing for climate change in Illinois: An overview of expected ...

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